Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • November 20, 2023

    November 20, 2023

    The article underscores the emotional toll of community-engaged research on 2S/LGBTQ issues and advocates for the crucial role of allies in alleviating this burden. A personal story highlights how allyship, exemplified by a supportive city councillor, led to positive changes in addressing transphobia and sexism at a fitness facility. The article emphasizes the broader application of active allyship in research, promoting inclusivity and ethical principles.

  • October 17, 2023

    October 17, 2023

    This blog is co-authored by Cari Randa-Beaulieu, MA candidate, SFU Department of Gerontology, and Habib Chaudhury, Professor, Department of Gerontology, and Emma Avery, Urban Planner & Communications Specialist with urban planning, design, and research consulting firm Happy Cities.

  • July 06, 2023

    July 06, 2023

    We are currently facing an environmental disaster within the Fraser watershed, one of the greatest Salmon rivers in the world. Salmon runs in the Fraser River have reached unprecedented lows, and multiple species are deemed threatened or at risk of extinction. Despite ongoing efforts, practices that put Salmon at risk, such as development, deforestation, and overfishing, continue. Further, due to global warming, the temperature of the Fraser has been steadily increasing, creating conditions that are progressively lethal for Salmon. Elder Rick Bailey is sounding the alarm. Are we listening?

  • May 18, 2023

    May 18, 2023

    This Q&A with Tara Mahoney and Jesi Carson is an inside look at some of the big ideas and questions that will be explored at the Participedia-CERi Summer School on Radical Democracy. Tara Mahoney, (Ph.D.) is the research and engagement coordinator and postdoctoral fellow at SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). Jesi Carson, Participedia’s Design Technology Lead, is an award-winning design researcher and interaction designer specializing in community engagement and creative facilitation.


  • CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students.

  • In partnership with Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods. CERi is delighted to welcome Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, and Dara Culhane, Professor, Department of Anthropology, to the Researchers-in-Residence program. Taco will begin his journey with CERi in January 2022, and Dara will start in May 2022.

  • The purpose of these awards is to provide recognition to SFU faculty members, graduate students, and community partners for outstanding community-engaged research that supports positive change.

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